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Achim
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17/07/2020 11:15 am  

Hey guys,

I do a lot of hotel photography and a problem I'm always struggling with is the blending of my images from a sunny day. It's always a lot of manual adjustments, mask painting, etc. 

 

My workflow:

  • prepairing the raw files in CaptureOne (2-3 images, depends on the dynamic range)
  • export as tif file
  • import in photoshop
  • blending with RayaPro or Lumi32

My problem:

the white sealing and bedclothes are too dark/grey so that the room looks to dark and not welcoming. So I try to fix that with manual mask painting, which is very time consuming and not that easy… 

I've uploaded a sample scene with all my 5 RAW-files. So if someone needs a challenge 😉

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rEfHmFw7ry0xbITdgaXdClFmi00ENQqi/view?usp=sharing

 

Any idea for a better workflow?

Thanks and cheers
Achim

 

Greetz
Achim
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Achim
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17/07/2020 12:23 pm  

this is the room after I tried to blend three exposures… all the white parts are too grey, and that looks dirty…

Greetz
Achim
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JimmyMcIntyre
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17/07/2020 2:38 pm  

Hi there,

Since luminosity masks make selections based on brightness, it's natural that the ceiling is going to be selected and affected in your mask. The reason why this happens on a sunny day is that the additional brightness outside extends the dynamic range in the scene, making it harder to blend. The further apart the stops in your exposures the harder the blend. Sadly, in scenes of really high contrast, like difficult interiors, the only way to fix this is with appropriate lighting indoors. This will brighten the interior in your darker exposure which will reduce that grey/darker effect you see in the ceiling and bed coverings.


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Achim
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17/07/2020 5:21 pm  

Hi @jimmymcintyre 

thanks for you answer. I know this isn't an easy one. I do not use additional lights because it destroys the natural mood of an interior. Especially hotels spending lots of money in that look and feel and investing in illumination. And of course the lumi masks is based on the brightness and therefore it affects the parts inside. But I thought maybe someone has an idea or other workflow 😀 

What I do now is to prepare the image as best I can do. Brighten up the bed and ceiling before I blend the images. That brings me to a good result, but is still a lot of work. I will post some examples when I finish this one.

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Achim
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17/07/2020 5:24 pm  

This is the same hotel but a different room

https://achimmeurer.smugmug.com/Hotels-FeWos/Hotel-Pfeffermühle-Siegen/n-CvtGtG/Hotel-Pfeffermühle-2020/i-HRkp34c/A

I chose two exposures, prepared the brighter one as described above and then blended those two images together using Lumi32. I'm satisfied with the result, but took me about 30min to edit.

 

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JimmyMcIntyre
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17/07/2020 5:38 pm  

@achimYes, that is a long time. I think using lighting correctly might not kill the natural mood of the room, and it would speed up your workflow. However, I would be happy for someone else to suggest an alternative method.

By the way, that photo is great!


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Achim
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18/07/2020 11:06 am  

@jimmymcintyre thanks Jimmy. I never got to the point, where I managed the lighting correctly in such a way, that the natural mood of a room wasn't falsified. But there's another reason, why I do not use any additional lights. My wife and me are permanent travellers without a fixed home base. Location independent.  Not really a digital nomad, because we have to go to our clients to work. But the rest is the same… Everything we own fits in our car. And there's no more space for lights 🤣 That's the second reason. And with the „HDR technique“ a new chapter opens up in my photography, gave me a hole new perspective and possibilities. 

However, I always try to optimize my workflow in editing. So maybe someone else got an idea how to improve this workflow…

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Achim
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18/07/2020 11:28 am  

this is my final image now:

https://achimmeurer.smugmug.com/Privat/Editing/n-Vw4PhP/i-vt6QwSp/A

 

  • I took 2 exposures, a brighter as a base and a darker for the highlights,
  • prepared them in CaptureOne by brighten up the ceiling and the bed,
  • took a third exposure inbetween as a mask reference, tweaked this by increasing the highlights and darken the shadows to get a better mask
  • export all three images as TIF files to photoshop
  • using Lumi32 to create the blending mask
  • tweeked the mask for the outside (tree, balcony,…)
  • detail enhancement
  • save as a tiff file
  • import back to CaptureOne
  • finals tweaks 

 

base Exposure:

https://achimmeurer.smugmug.com/Privat/Editing/n-Vw4PhP/i-6CJ4CkQ/A

 

settings in CaptureOne for this exposure

https://achimmeurer.smugmug.com/Privat/Editing/n-Vw4PhP/i-MfRdwJZ/A

 

darker exposure:

https://achimmeurer.smugmug.com/Privat/Editing/n-Vw4PhP/i-23m5FVr/A

 

Middle exposure for the mask:

https://achimmeurer.smugmug.com/Privat/Editing/n-Vw4PhP/i-HPT3gkX/A

 

the mask with Lumi32, brights3 and tweaked outside parts

https://achimmeurer.smugmug.com/Privat/Editing/n-Vw4PhP/i-mNBdHmv/A

 

 

Greetz
Achim
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